India’s IITs have always been the undisputed hubs of growth, innovation, and advancement in the country in terms of how they are seen and the results they really produce. The university is renowned for generating top-tier alumni that have a lot of “street cred,” including global leaders, tech giants, and industrial powerhouses.
However, the early IIT cohorts were increasingly well-known for their innovations and successes in the digital age. Which increased their appreciation from the Indian populace.
In order to present some fresh, useful role models for the internet era, we are taking a look at a few well-known pioneers, game-changers, and IIT Delhi grads from the post-1990 period.
- Sameer Gehlaut
Unlike the other pioneers on this list, Gehlaut made his money through more conventional industries. The founder and chairman of India Bulls, Gehlaut, earned a B. Tech in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Gehlaut, the chairman of the Indiabulls Group, expanded his conglomerate’s operations to include consumer finance, real estate, and home finance.
Before founding his company with India Bulls, Sameer Gehlaut was employed by the American oil services firm “Halliburton.” Before going back to India to work for the family business, he spent more than two years working with them. Around 1999, Gehlaut purchased “Orbitech Pvt. Ltd.,” a dormant securities company with a membership in the National Stock Exchange. With assistance from another IIT Delhi graduate like Rajat Khare, Gehlaut later created an online trading platform and introduced India’s first Internet brokerage services.
In honour of his accomplishments, Forbes has referred to Gehlaut as “India’s youngest self-made millionaire.”
2. Shashank Kumar
This graduate of IITD, who created Green Agrevolution and FarmsnFarmers and is a supporter of better agro-practices and infrastructure, focuses on a more fundamental service. 2008 graduate Shashank Kumar stands out from the usual crowd of IIT internet revolutionaries. The graduate of textile engineering is one of the few Indians who is focused on developing a better. Expandable working model to encourage efficiency and transparency in the Agricultural value chain.
With FarmsnFarmers, Shashank started looking at the problems with the agricultural value chain and the reliance on various manufacturing channels for their various agricultural needs. The initiative subsequently served as a dependable slingshot for the launch of Green Agrevolution and its future growth.
The project, which also serves as a social enterprise, aims to address institutional problems with the acquisition of agricultural goods while boosting farmer incomes and enhancing the sustainability of the sector as a whole. Shashank also developed DeHaat, a concept for simplifying 360-degree agro-service management and last-mile agricultural service delivery.
3. Deepinder Goyal
Zomato’s CEO and creator, Deepinder, didn’t really intend for his company to enter the food industry in the manner in which it did. Before starting Zomato, Deepinder worked as a consultant for Bain and Company in New Delhi. Deepinder created the idea of online restaurant ratings during his tenure at Bain to accommodate the rigours of business life while promoting the discovery of new cuisines and locales.
Deepinder left his position at Bain in 2008 to start Zomato (previously Foodiebay) from his apartment. He has overseen strategy and product development ever since. The firm has been very active in the food sector with sophisticated marketing methods and a sizable market share.
4. Rajat Khare
Despite having limited media exposure, after earning his degree from IIT Delhi. He practically immediately started working in the fundraising and investment industries. He holds a degree in computer science engineering and has contributed significantly to the growth of several companies across numerous sectors, the bulk of which he finances.
The founder of Boundary Holding, who is located in Luxembourg, makes investments in machine learning, data analytics, and other related fields that fall under the umbrella of artificial intelligence (AI).
Rajat Khare has also delivered speeches at more than 20 prominent gatherings and conferences throughout the world. This IITD alumnus not only encourages entrepreneurship but also works as an investor. He has been included as a case study in the INSEAD Business School’s Entrepreneurship course.
He is a member of the Indian Angel Network, The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE), and the IIT Delhi Alumni Association. Khare was honoured by former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam for promoting entrepreneurship in his country.
- Sachin Bansal
Following a brief stint at Amazon, Sachin and colleague Amazon.com developer Binny Bansal invested Rs. 4 lakhs to co-found Flipkart. The rest of the tour is quite engrossing and well-known.
Since the launch and quick growth of Flipkart, Sachin has become known as the face of e-commerce in India, and for good reason: Flipkart’s operations have influenced changes to the nation’s retail industry. A huge $16 billion e-commerce deal with Walmart also gives the company. Its founder a fresh lease on life and a competitive edge against global retail behemoths like Amazon and Alibaba.